But Airy Knoll is more than that. It is much greater than the sum of it's parts. It has been a summer home to me for many years, and I hope it continues to be. It is so hard to explain, so I'll start with what seems to be the most obvious.
This is my painting instructor from CPCC. She was also my Father's painting instructor, my grandmother's painting instructor, and photography pupil of my grandfather. (not to say she is old, she is just an important lady)
Despite knowing Elizabeth since I was a child, it has been in the last three years that I have come to form a deep relationship with her, as I have acted as the jack of all trades Airy Knoll Intern. By opening her home to me, Elizabeth has done more than get me out into the fresh air of the Shenandoah Valley: she has helped teach me, or helped me teach myself everything from painting, to replacing windows, and building my own garden.
There are few places where one is so exposed and aware of the world around them. In fact, I don't know if I have ever been anywhere that has provided me with as many awe-inspiring moments. The opertunities for great photos never cease to end.
During these classes there is an energy that I someday hope to be able to wrap words around. They are week long classes, but they have the unique ability of changing the way time seems to flow. One moment everything feels still, the next you realize the week is up and you have to leave all of the friends you have made. It's a unique community building anomaly, people who show up with only an interest in the class in common leave as great friends.
I think the few photos below show how varied the classes can be. It's exciting because you never know what kind of art of friends you will end up making.